The Way You Relate To Your Partner Can Affect Your Long-Term Mental and Physical Health

The Way You Relate To Your Partner Can Affect Your Long-Term Mental and Physical Health

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The potentially lasting implications of day-to-day couple conflict on physical and mental well-being are revealed in a study in the journal Personal Relationships.

The study found that all participants across the sample as a whole experienced sleep disruption after conflict, bearing out the adage “don’t go to bed angry”.

There was however the greatest degree of sleep disruption amongst individuals who were highly anxious in their relationship.

The lowest degree of sleep disruption was found amongst individuals who strongly avoided emotional attachment.

Conflict was also found to have repercussions for next-day mood.

However, some participants found their mood negatively affected more than others.

Individuals more at ease with emotional attachment found their mood was affected more than did individuals less comfortable being intimate with others.

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